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An astrophysicist takes a photo of the uncontrolled Chinese missile 700 kilometers from Earth

An astrophysicist takes a photo of the uncontrolled Chinese missile 700 kilometers from Earth


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The Virtual Telescope Project Portal 2.0 released Thursday (6) an image showing the Long March-5B Y2 (CZ-5B) missile 700 kilometers from the Elena robotic telescope.

The image, taken by Italian astronomer and astrophysicist Gianluca Massi, shows the rocket’s body shining brightly. According to data from the Elena Telescope, the CZ-5B missile was moving at “exceptional speed” with an apparent displacement of 0.3 degrees per second.

“This is a huge wreck (22 tons, 30 meters long and 5 meters wide), but it is unlikely to cause serious damage. This event is clearly a reminder of the importance of Space debris issue“, pointing to Italian astrophysicist.

Space debris of the CZ-5B spacecraft that Gianluca Massey photographed a few hours earlier using our robotic telescopes. It is estimated that [o foguete] Re-enter our atmosphere in a few days.

Experts believe that the missile will enter Earth’s atmosphere on May 8 or 9, but at this time it is difficult to determine the area of ​​impact.

Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, shared on social media the potential area of ​​the Chinese missile’s impact.

Roscosmos is one of several space entities It monitors the coordinates of the CZ-5B.

Potential fall area of ​​the CZ-5B missile stage (IDN – 2021-035B).

a US Space Command She mentioned that she also tracks an object that threatens to fall uncontrollably to the ground in the coming days.

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